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MLB: National League Cy Young Contenders

on October 04 2012 3:44 AM
MLB: National League Cy Young Contenders

This award is going to be a very tough decision on who to vote for on the ballot. (Unlike the 2012 Presidential election.)

There are a boatload of guys that you can make a strong case for:  R.A. Dickey, Gio Gonzalez, Clayton Kershaw, Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman, Matt Cain, Cole Hamels, Kyle Lohse and Craig Kimbrel are all thankful that Kris Medlen didn't start enough games to get serious consideration for the award. (In 12 starts with Atlanta he was 9-0 with a ridiculous 0.97 ERA.) 


St. Louis Cardinal fans are already nervous because they get to face Medlen in a one-game playoff on Friday.




What a year he had for the Washington Nationals. He led the Majors with 21 wins and proved the Nationals made the right move by trading four of their top prospects for him in the offseason.


Rankings among starting pitchers in the NL


21 wins (1st)

2.89 ERA (6th)

207 K's (T-4th)

1.13 WHIP (8th)

4.6 WAR (4th)

9.4 K's / 9 IP (1st)

2.72 K's / BB's (25th)

.206 opponent batting avg. (1st)

.582 opponent OPS (1st)

199.1 IP (19th)

UFC: Carlos Condit vs. Georges St. Pierre Among 5 Must Watch Fights To End 2012

on September 28 2012 11:38 AM
UFC: Carlos Condit vs. Georges St. Pierre Among 5 Must Watch Fights To End 2012


This has been a crazy past couple of months for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. UFC President, Dana White, had to cancel UFC 151 after Dan Henderson pulled out with a torn MCL. 


This was the first time the UFC has ever axed an event since Dana White and the Fertitta brothers purchased the UFC in 2001. 


Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, had to pull out of the UFC 153 main event because of a foot injury. This was announced just hours after Rampage Jackson suffered an injury that forced him off the same card. 


Just like that, the UFC lost its main event and co-main event in a matter of minutes.


Dana White is hoping and praying that no other injuries occur for the rest of 2012. There are some very intriguing fights scheduled to close out the year, just as long as everyone stays healthy.


UFC 152 is over and done with. 


Jon Jones showed why he is one of the best mixed martial artists in the world. He stayed calm when Vitor Belfort nearly broke his arm in the first round, and dominated the fight after he was nearly submitted. 


Replacement Referees Hurting Integrity of the NFL

on September 19 2012 7:25 PM
Replacement Referees Hurting Integrity of the NFL


The National Football League has become a laughing stock over the first two weeks of the season. (And, no I am not talking about the Oakland Raiders.)


The NFL replacement referee's are too busy following their fantasy football teams (LeSean McCoy on replacement refs and fantasy football) or trying to referee their favorite NFL teams. 


Brian Stropolo was scheduled to be part of the crew as a side judge for the New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers game, but there was one problem: HE IS A SAINTS FAN!


NFL: New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers

on September 15 2012 11:37 PM
NFL: New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers

Nobody would have thought the New Orleans Saints would be 0-1. They lost at home to the Washington Redskins, who had a rookie quarterback behind center. It was the first home loss for New Orleans since week 17 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010. 

Carolina was favored last week at Tampa Bay. However, the Buccaneers spoiled Cam Newton's first start as a two-year pro. The Panthers never were in sync and could not get their running game on track. They were one of the best rushing attacks in 2011, and a lot of people figured they would be one of the better rushing offenses in 2012. 

Tampa Bay thought otherwise, and held them to only10 rushing yards.

This is a big game for both of these NFC South squads. Neither team wants to start 0-2. Since the playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990, only 22 out of 184 (12%) teams to start 0-2 made the playoffs. 

And, only 3 of the 184 teams won the Super Bowl (1.6%).

MLB: National League Wild Card Race

on September 12 2012 8:27 PM
MLB: National League Wild Card Race

Bud Selig looks like a genius for adding an additional wild-card team before this season started. 

The Washington Nationals hold a 7.5 game lead in the NL East, the Cincinnati Reds have a 10.5 game lead in the NL Central, the San Francisco Giants are leading the NL West by six, and the Atlanta Braves have a 5.5 game lead as the top wild-card team.

If it wasn't for the additional wild-card spot, the stretch run in the National League would be as exciting as watching paint dry.

The St. Louis Cardinals are currently leading the second wild-card berth, but there are four teams below them that are within four games of the final playoff spot.

It seems like four of the five teams are set for to the playoffs. (Atlanta Braves fans are saying, "Yeah, we thought that last year too.") The Braves had a 4.5 game lead on this date a year ago on St. Louis, and we know the rest.